be one and we are talking about retirees. also, though, the disabled. >> guest: yes. actually, a fairly wide group of people get social security benefits. retired workers, spouses, children, disabled workers, widows, widowers. it is actually a fairly big social safety net of people who get social security benefits. >> host: as you mentioned, about 56 million beneficiaries are retirees receive about $1,200 per month on average. benefits for the disabled, $1,100 per month on average. also, after a side benefit, supplemental security income. about $500 per month. how does it get paid for? have a social security it financed? >> it has been a self funded program since its inception, funded by payroll taxes. there is a cult percent tax on wages up to about $110,000.